Two Poems by Kathleen Scavone

Bringing in a Bright New Year
Around the world 
Traditions, toasts and wishes abound
Bell-ringing and fireworks
Ancient Thailand's custom:
Discharge a firearm to ward off evil
In China the tradition is to:
Send off firecrackers and divert malevolent spirits
If you find yourself in the Canary Islands:
Plunk a grape into your mouth- one for each chime of the clock 
at midnight
Southern-style practice of black-eyed beans in the New Year
In Holland enjoy mulled wine along with a bannock of pastry
My wish is for MORE
More love, giving and receiving
More star-struck nights spent in star-gazing reverie
More appreciation of intricacies held by our wild world,
     sprinkled like gems hidden in plain sight
More celebration of the peace of possibilities
More music, and:
More dreaming

Last Leaf
Old oak's
Yellow leaf - freckled with tan-tones
Hangs from baton of branch
Hovers, quivers
A bright beacon, beckoning me to a
Last look
Before a brisk breeze
Brings it back to Earth.
A fluttering, swaying 
Moment of pure grace 
I may have missed had
Happenstance not revealed
Its uncommon luminosity
Kathleen Scavone

Kathleen Scavone, MA., is a retired educator who has resided in beautiful Lake County for over 45 years. She freelances fiction, poetry, nature writing, curriculum ideas, and local history. She writes for The Press Democrat, Napa Valley Register, News From Native California, Green Prints, etc. She has published three books, a play and a poetry chapbook. The second edition of her locally set historical novella, People of the Water- a novella of the events leading to the Bloody Island Massacre of 1850 is available in local museums and stores, as well as on Amazon.com and IngramSpark in both paperback and e-book formats. She has written Anderson Marsh State Historic Park- A Walking History, Prehistory, Flora and Fauna tour of a California State Park, and Native Americans of Lake County. Kathleen is a photographer and potter. Her other interests include hiking, assisting on archaeology digs, travel, gardening and reading.

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